BCC requires  $100m for hospital refurbishment

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Jeffrey Muvundusi

in BULAWAYO

THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has said it requires nearly $100 million to fully refurbish Thorngrove Infectious Diseases Hospital.

This comes after the facility was identified early this year by the government as one of the coronavirus (Covid-19) isolation centres.

However, since then, the facility has been under construction due to funding constraints.

According to the latest council minutes, the institution has undergone 37 percent refurbishment since April, with nearly $100 million required to complete the much-anticipated project.

“The hospital built in the 1940s had been the council’s plan for refurbishment since 2007. Refurbishments began on April 22, 2020 with government funding spurred by Covid-19 pandemic. The main isolation ward was now 97 percent complete,” the minutes read.

“A total of $39 million had been committed with an expenditure of $33 million disbursed. About $95 million was required to complete the full upgrade as had always been desired by council only 37 percent was achieved in overall refurbishment.”

This comes as the cash-strapped local authority recently proposed a $2 billion budget with part of it earmarked at capacitating its clinics dotted around the city.

BCC has since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus been battling to capacitate all its health facilities with Ekusileni Hospital still to be fully capacitated.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was in the city recently where he toured various health institutions as part of his mission to have an appreciation of the situation on the ground.

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